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Generally, redecorating and minor repair jobs do not require a building permit. If you are uncertain if you need a permit, call the Building Department staff at (305) 224-4500 or Building Official at (305) 224-4520, and we will be happy to answer your questions.
You may apply for a local business tax at the City of Homestead City Hall between 7:30 am and 4:30 pm. Monday through Friday at:
Business Services Division
firstname.lastname@example.org. Or call (305) 224-4504
You will need the following information:
The different types of services/products offered determine the fee. If you need particular information, you can contact the Business Tax Receipt Office at (305) 224-4504.
The city grants a local business tax receipt under the following conditions:
1) You have submitted all your documentation.
2) You have paid all fees.
3) All government agencies' inspections have been made and approved.
4) The City has approved your application.
Insurance is required for the William F. “Bill” Dickinson Community Center Banquet Hall and Phichol Williams Community Center Main Hall. Also, for small rooms if you are serving alcohol. Please see insurance policy information. Insurance & Police Form
Yes, the Trolley Service will continue to operate with its regularly scheduled routes.
All parks, court, playgrounds, and restrooms are open from sunrise to sunset, subject to the following use restrictions:
Homestead Parks & Recreation Staff will be on site to enforce social distancing protocols within the park and prevent any unauthorized uses. Reservations for community center and pavilion facilities will be accepted.
The following facilities are open to the public: City Hall, Community Redevelopment Agency, Development Services, Parks & Recreation, and the Solid Waste Drop Site. The Drop Site is open 8am – 4pm Monday – Saturday and 8am – 12pm Sundays. All other facilities will be open 8am – 5pm Monday - Friday. Residents are still encouraged to conduct business online or over the phone if possible by visiting www.cityofhomestead.com or calling 305-224-4400.
To allow for continued efficient processing of online permit submissions Development Services will be operating with modified in-person service hours as follows:
All visitors will be required to obey COVID-19 precautions when visiting City facilities such as social distancing and interior capacity limits. Masks for customers are required for entry to City facilities.
Yes, Parks & Recreation is currently accepting facility reservations.
Paying Your Bill Online: To make paying your utility bill as easy as possible, visit us online at www.cityofhomestead.com/billpay. We accept debit or credit cards, MasterCard, VISA, American Express and Discover as well as automatic bank draft. Alternatively, the City has a drop box located by the parking lot on the west side of the City Hall building.
If you are unable to pay your bill due to COVID-19, you may be eligible for HELP Assistance. To apply, contact Customer Service at 305-224-4800.
Yes, all City routes will continue their current schedule. Please keep in mind that this is a fluid situation and changes can occur frequently. It is advisable to check the City’s website on a regular basis for any changes and/or updates. If you are a business that has been ordered to close or modify hours, you may modify your sanitation services by emailing email@example.com
Please visit here for contact information for electronic application submittals.
The Homestead Community Redevelopment Agency Small Business Emergency Recovery Grant will assist eligible small businesses with a grant up to $5,000 for COVID relief assistance. Visit www.cityofhomestead.com/COVIDgrants for more information.
All businesses may open and are encouraged to continue following COVID-19 best practices like face masks, social distancing, and enhanced sanitation protocols.
The following testing sites have been announced:
The Florida Division of Emergency Management publishes a daily report of cases at www.floridadisaster.org/covid19 that breaks down location to a municipal level.
Per the Florida Department of Health, you should call your healthcare provider for medical advice if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms such as cough or difficulty breathing. Emergency warning signs of COVID-19 may include shortness of breath, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, persistent cough, fever, body aches and fatigue. Remember that having any of these symptoms does not mean that you have COVID-19, but it is imperative that you notify your healthcare professional.
Older adults and people who have chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes and lung disease are considered “at risk”. Here are some things you can do: stock up on supplies, take precautions to keep space between yourself and others (social distancing), keep away from others who are sick, wash hands often, avoid crowds, avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel and finally stay home as much as possible during the outbreak to reduce your risk of exposure.
This is a rapidly evolving situation and the risk assessment can change daily. For the latest global situation report please visit WHOs website https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports/. The latest national situation summary updates are available on CDC’s web page COVID-19. For current information concerning Florida visit the Florida Department of Health website.
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. Patients with confirmed COVID-19 infection have reported mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
Read about COVID-19 Symptoms.
The Florida Department of Health is working with private and public partners to actively be involved in enhanced surveillance for respiratory illness that may be related to COVID-19. The Florida Department of Health Epidemiologists are partnering with providers to follow up on any suspected cases that meet the criteria for COVID-19 to arrange for testing when needed and monitor contacts of any confirmed cases, if they occur.
The Florida Department of Health is communicating regularly with the public and health care providers with updates on COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses. The COVID-19 Call Center is available 24/7 at 1-866-779-6121.
To see the latest case count, please visit COVID-19 Case Count.
This virus most likely emerged from an animal source and now appears to be spreading from person-to-person. Currently, COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.
While this virus seems to have emerged from an animal source, it is now spreading from person-to-person. The Florida Department of Health and CDC recommend that people traveling to China avoid animals both live and dead, but there is no reason to think that any animals or pets in the United States might be a source of infection.
The time between exposure to the COVID-19 virus and onset of symptoms is called the "incubation period." The incubation period for COVID-19 is typically 2 to 14 days, although in some cases it may be longer.
If you are returning from an area with an outbreak of COVID-19 the CDC recommends that you self-quarantine for 14 days immediately upon returning from your travels, even if asymptomatic. If you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as a cough or shortness of breath during those 14 days contact your health care professional and mention your recent travel. Your provider will work with your county public health department to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19. If you had close contact with someone showing these symptoms who recently traveled from an impacted area, you should call a health care professional and mention your close contact and their recent travel. For the most updated travel advisories regarding COVID-19, visit: U.S. Travel Advisories and CDC Information for Travel.
Information for people who have had close contact with a person confirmed to have, or being evaluated for, COVID-19 infection is available online.
Your healthcare professional will work with your county health department to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19. A person who is tested will have three specimens taken: oral, nasal, and saliva. The samples will be given to the county health department, who will then either ship or deliver them to the closest state laboratory. If a specimen is tested positive, it will be identified as ‘presumptive positive’ until the result is confirmed at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
For more information on COVID-19 testing see CDC Tests for COVID-19.
The Florida Department of Health follows CDC guidance on testing for COVID-19. This means that when a person goes to their local health care provider they will be asked the following questions:
If the answer is yes to any of those questions, that person will be tested. Additionally, a person can be tested at the discretion of their local health care provider if they do not meet the above criteria.
The Florida Department of Health has three labs open in Jacksonville, Miami and Tampa that will continue to operate to provide results as quickly as possible.
Three COVID-19 vaccines are authorized or approved for use in the United States to prevent COVID-19. Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna (COVID-19 mRNA vaccines) are preferred. You may get Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine in some situations. Click here for more information on the COVID-19 vaccine.
The length of time that the virus survives likely depends on a variety of factors. These factors could include the type of material or body fluid containing the virus and various environmental conditions such as temperature or humidity. Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other institutions are designing standardized experiments to measure how long COVID-19 can survive in situations that simulate natural environmental conditions.
Right now, there are no disinfectant products registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for use on environmental surfaces that are specifically listed as having the ability to kill COVID-19. However, related viruses that have similar physical and biochemical properties can be killed with bleach, ammonia or alcohol, or cleaning agents containing any of these disinfectants. Cleaning agents should be used according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
For disinfection, a list of products with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved emerging viral pathogens claims, maintained by the American Chemistry Council Center for Biocide Chemistries (CBC), is available at Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Fighting Products. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products.
There is still a lot that is unknown about the newly emerged COVID-19 and how it spreads. In general, there is likely very low risk of spread from products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient temperatures. Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread most often by respiratory droplets. Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with imported goods and there have not been any cases of COVID-19 in the United States associated with imported goods.
Current CDC travel guidance is available here: CDC Information for Travel.
Current U.S. Travel Advisories are available here: U.S. Travel Advisories.
Each company establishes its own refund policies, and any decision regarding refunds are between the traveler and the individual company.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization are excellent sources of information about this evolving outbreak.
You can access their websites here:https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.htmlhttps://www.who.int/westernpacific/emergencies/novel-coronavirus
For Florida specific information, please consult The Florida Department of Health website:http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/COVID-19/.
In light of the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Homestead has launched several community assistance programs for those in need. Visit www.cityofhomestead.com/covidhelp for details on rental assistance, utility assistance, and small business assistance available to City of Homestead residents.
The following distributions have been scheduled or announced.
Homestead Soup Kitchen
105 S.W. 3rd Ave.
Homestead Florida, 33090
M-W-F 12 PM – 1PM
Florida City Neighborhood Center
1600 NW 6th Ct. Florida City, FL 33034
Food Drive, Mondays and Thursdays
9AM to 12 PM
Open to all
Naranja Neighborhood Center
Thursdays 9AM open to everyone
Tuesdays and Wednesdays 11 – 1PM
Students ages 5 – 18 (Student Must be Present)
13955 SW 264th Street, Miami
You can apply for Reemployment Assistance (formerly known as unemployment compensation) if you were working in Florida and are now:
To learn more about the program and how you can apply online. Click here to apply.
Beginning April 8, 2020, you can also pick up a paper application at the Homestead Branch Library (700 N. Homestead Blvd., Homestead, FL 33030). Unemployment applications in English, Spanish and Creole and envelopes to return them in will be available for pickup at tables outside the library entrances from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. seven days a week until further notice. Residents can take the application home to fill out and then return it in the sealed envelope by dropping it off in the library location’s book drop or at any CareerSource South Florida location. Applications will be picked up from the book drops every day and delivered to CareerSource South Florida where trained staff will send them securely overnight to DEO in Tallahassee for processing. Residents can also download and print a copy of the application from DEO’s website and return it to any participating library’s book drop.
In addition, many companies are now hiring additional workers. Click here to read a Miami Herald Article with the information of companies currently hiring.
Please register for the vulnerable population list at the Miami Dade County website Miami Dade County Social Services.
Additionally, there are several online food delivery services available. A few are:
If you are a senior citizen and you have any problems getting meals, please call the County’s 311 Call Center and you will be immediately patched in with our Emergency Operations Center and get you the meals or other services that you may need.
You can complete all of these tasks online at www.cityofhomestead.com/startstop or over the phone by calling 305-224-4800.
There are no additional charges for any of these methods of payments.
The Autopay application form can be obtained by visiting our website at www.cityofhomestead.com/startstop
Energy Efficient Rebates are also available. Visit our website at www.cityofhomestead.com and under the Residents tab click on Homestead Public Services; and to the left of that screen click on HPS Energy/Electric Services. At the bottom of the screen is the link of Energy Saver Programs.
Step One Decide what legal structure you would like to have: A) Sole Proprietor, B) Partnership C) Corporation (C or S) or D) LLC (Limited Liability Company). Lawyers and doctors may form a Professional Association (PA). For your convenience, all forms can be found on-line at www.sunbiz.org. Step Two If you choose to use a name other than your own or that of a corporation (if you choose to create one), then you must obtain a Fictitious Name Certification (DBA). It is not necessary to obtain a fictitious name. You may also trade mark the name in the State of Florida, nationally and/or internationally. The action applies to all forms of ownerships: corporations, LLC’s, sole proprietorships and partnerships. Step Three Check the zoning, parking and other regulations with the City of Homestead Planning and Zoning Department before signing a contract or lease. For businesses moving into an existing space that are planning interior remodeling be sure to check with the building department for a building permit. You may also be required to obtain additional licenses and permits from Miami-Dade Fire and DERM (Department of Environmental Resources). Step Four You may be required to obtain special permits or licenses. As a new business, you may be required by the city to obtain additional permits from the state or other entities. To determine the appropriate licensing department for your new business visit www.myflorida.com/dbpr Step Five Every business needs to obtain a Business Tax Receipt (also known as a Occupational License) and a Certificate of Use regardless of how small your business is and even if it is in your home. Also check out additional items that are needed to apply for your Business Tax Receipt . Every business is also required to obtain a Miami-Dade County Occupational License. You can apply for a City of Homestead Business Tax Receipt at: Business Tax Receipt Office, 100 Civic Court, Homestead, FL 33030. For more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (305) 224-4504. Although you do not need an attorney to start a business, it is recommended to seek counsel if needed.
Dogs are only allowed at the dog parks (Roscoe Warren Municipal Park and James Archer Smith Park). Any other animal is not allowed in our parks. Service animals are welcome.
Yes, bounce-houses are allowed at JD Redd Park, James Archer Smith Park, Harris Field Park, Blakey Park, Roby George Park, and Mayor Roscoe Warren Municipal Park Pavilion #3 only. You are required to rent a pavilion and provide general liability insurance. However, we do not allow any other type of motorized equipment in the park including water slides. Please be sure that a generator is included with your bounce house rental.
Yes, your deposit will be automatically submitted for refund after your event. The process takes anywhere from 4-6 weeks and the check is mailed to the address provided. If you wish to personally pick up your check, you must make a request through the Parks & Recreation Office. You may pick up your check on Friday’s after 3:30pm; you must show a photo I.D.
Cancelations must be submitted two weeks prior to the event date in writing to the Parks and Recreation office. Refunds generally take four to six weeks for processing. Refunds will not be issued due to inclement weather which would include rain outs, cold weather, etc.
No. BBQ pits are located at Harris Field and JD Redd Municipal Park. Small grills are available at all other park pavilions. Prepared food may be brought to your pavilion.
Blakey Park, Roby George Park, and JD Redd Park do not have any available outlets. James Archer Smith Park, Harris Field and Mayor Roscoe Warren Municipal Park do have available outlets. The available outlets are for light use (small speaker or small household appliances). You may not plug-in any bounce-houses or heavy equipment to the outlets. You must provide your own generator for heavy use items.
No alcohol is allowed in any city parks except for Harris Field Barn Pavilion, Phichol Williams Community Center and William F. “Bill” Dickinson Community Center. Please see insurance policy.
If you have more than 10 people playing on a field then, yes, you would have to rent the field. If you have less than 10, then you may play on that field. Only open fields are available, locked fields must be rented.
It would be subject to the approval of the Homestead Police Department depending on the nature of your event. Please see the information page for more details.
1. The owner must prove to the Building Official, or a designee, that he has the knowledge and ability to do the work. Test will be administered.2. Proof of ownership (warranty deed, closing statement, or Miami-Dade County tax bill).3. An owner may apply for a permit, supervise and do the work in connection with the construction, maintenance, repair, alteration, and addition to a single-family or duplex residence for his own use, and/or occupancy, and not intended for sale.4. No more than one (1) permit shall be issued to an owner for the construction of a new single-family or duplex residence in any twenty-four (24) month period. Permits for alterations and additions, or plumbing, electrical, mechanical, or gas installations shall be issued only in connection with one single-family or duplex residence in any twenty-four (24) month period, although more than one permit may be issued for such work on the same single-family or duplex residence during that period.5. The owner must come in person for review of permit documents and application. 6. The permit application and affidavit must be signed and notarized.7. If there is a violation on the property:a. No building permit will be issued to a homeowner to cover illegal work.b. The work must be done by a general contractor or a specialty contractor licensed to do the work.c. Permits for all work must be obtained ( i.e. building, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, etc.). d. An architect’s or engineer’s report may be required, certifying that the work was done in accordance with the applicable code, and general construction practices as a substitute for required inspections.
Final decisions on public hearing applications may vary depending on the type of application. All applicants who are going through the public hearing process must wait for a final decision by the City Council before they can proceed with a building permit application.
Yes. The City of Homestead’s Department of Development Services handles all tree related permits. Applications are available at the Building Division permit counter in City Hall, 100 Civic Court, Homestead, Florida or 305-224-4500.
Yes. If you want to add a room, pool house, or garage to your home, you will need a building permit. To obtain a permit you must first submit two (2) sets of signed and sealed plans (plans can be drawn by either an architect or an engineer). Please verify and contact with our Building Division at (305) 224-4500 to obtain information about plans submittal and to answer any questions you may have before embarking on your project.